This internationally recognised qualification is designed for students who intend to work in accounting after their studies at St Brendan's or university. It can be taken by students studying at Level 3 alongside your 3 A-levels (or equivalent).
The Foundation Certificate is designed to prepare you for junior roles in accounting firms or in the finance department of most general businesses.
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Foundation Certificate in Accounting
You will be learning how to use accounting software, how to record a range of financial transactions, how to verify your book-keeping records, deal with simple costing methods and learn how to work effectively in a finance environment.
Methods of Teaching and Learning
Accounting is a practical skill and lessons will be spent practising how to record information in the books of accounts and learning how to check your records. You will also learn to use Sage, a well-known accounting package.
Method of Assessment
After studying each unit you will be assessed by an AAT computer based assessment/test. In each year there are four unit assessments plus one ‘end of level’ assessment which assesses your knowledge of the whole year’s knowledge and skills. In each assessment students must get at least 70% to pass and must pass all assessments in the year to be awarded the qualification. Grades achieved for each unit assessment and the ‘end of level’ assessment are used to determine the final grade for the level - Pass, Merit or Distinction.
Important: AAT rules state that if a 16-19 year old student does not pass an assessment first time they are allowed only ONE resit opportunity. If they do not pass the resit they cannot complete the qualification.
All teaching resources are prepared by experienced AAT teachers. In addition there are revision materials and practice assessments provided by the AAT through their online platform that students will have access to.
You are required to have five GCSE passes at grade 4 or above or the equivalent from 4 subject areas including GCSE English. Mathematics at grade 6 or above is also necessary to join this course.
Students will need to pay an annual membership fee of around £95 to become a member of the AAT. Retake fees for the assessments (if needed) are also payable and currently cost around £45 per unit. Students receiving a Bursary may be able to have these costs paid from Bursary funds.
Students are likely to be highly employable by businesses offering apprenticeships or training contracts and they will be keen to support them in completing their accounting studies.
This course if taken as part of an Access to Level 3 programme will provide a great foundation for those choosing A-level accounting as part of their Level 3 programme